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The Estate Office, Worksop,
Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

01909 476592

01909 500721

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

Park: All year, dawn - dusk, Sun - Sat
Walled Kitchen Garden:
12th Mar - 26th Mar; daily; 10am - 4pm
27th Mar - 2nd Oct; daily; 10am - 5pm
3rd Oct - 30th Oct; daily; 10am - 4pm
Main facilities open BH Mons, closed 25 Dec. Last admission 30mins before closing
Cycle hire: 2nd Jan - 27th Mar & 31st Oct -26th Dec Sat & Sun; 10am - 4pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Coaches free on weekdays.

Group Appointment: Yes

Guided Tour of gardens on offer.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

May/June - Pleasure Grounds July/August - Kitchen Garden

To see:

Rhododendrons Herbaceous Border and fruit & vegetables.

Admission Prices

Admission free. Vehicle entry charge: £4.80 per vehicle. Coaches, cyclists and pedestrians free. Walled Kitchen Garden: £2.75, child free. Orienteering by arrangement (orienteering packs £1.95). Horse riding by permit only, £8 day permit or £65 annual season ticket. Coarse fishing: 16 June-14 March, 7-dusk; £4.70 day ticket or £60 annual season ticket (concessions £2.50/£35). Cycle hire: £6 (2hr), £12 (day)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Cycles are available to hire to take advantage of the extensive rides in the park.

Garden Features & Events

Extensive area of parkland, including peaceful woods, open heath and farmland; Idyllic lakeside walks in the Pleasure Ground; The longest avenue of lime trees in Europe; Hire a cycle (or bring your own) and explore our woodland trails; Clumber Chapel - a Gothic cathedral in miniature; Culinary tastes of the past come to life in the restaurant; See, smell and taste the colourful fruit, vegetables and flowers in the Walled Kitchen Garden

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Clumber Park Hotel, Thoresby Hall Hotel

Inns & Pubs:
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Welbeck Abbey Garden Centre Thoresby Hall

Description of Garden

A wonderful two mile avenue of mature limes leads to the large artificial serpentine lake beside which one would expect to find a large mansion. There is however an enormous Gothic chapel and some very pretty original stable blocks. The impressively large trees and rhododendrons set in the rolling parkland around the lake are really the best part of the garden. There is an impressive avenue of cedars leading to a walled garden which has a good range of glasshouses with a collection of early garden implements. The Lincoln Terrace beside the lake provides an enjoyable stroll, concluding in a dock where a pleasure boat was once kept.

History Of Garden

The Dukeries were the site for a competitive building spree in the 18th and 19th century between a number of newly created Dukes and Earls on land annexed from Sherwood Forest. Much of the Forest was felled to provide oak and other timber for the fleets required to defend the country against the French and Spanish leaving some of the few large tracts of land in England not already in private ownership. Clumber was originally laid out in about 1760 with a substantial mansion which was burned down in 1879. Building immediately commenced but only the foundation stones survive to show the outline of the huge house which stood here until 1938 when it was demolished to save tax for the by then relatively impoverished Duke of Newcastle. The National Trust took on the estate after WWII.

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